The Detective Branch (DB) of police yesterday claimed to have arrested the former Bangladesh Telecommunications Company Limited (BTCL) official for killing his wife and two children in Dakshinkhan area of the capital in February.
Based on information, a team of DB (north) arrested Raquib Uddin Bhuiyan alias Liton (46) from Brahmanbaria on Tuesday night, Mashiur Rahman, deputy commissioner of DB (north), told The Daily Star.
On February 14, Dakshinkhan police recovered decomposed bodies of Raquib's wife Munni Begum (37), son Farhan Uddin (12) and daughter Laiva Bhuiyan (3).
Munni's brother Munna Rahman filed a murder case with Dakshinkhan Police Station, accusing Raquib as only suspect as he remained traceless.
While conducting a shadow investigation, the detectives recovered a note which matched Raquib's handwriting. In the letter, he admitted killing them, said police.
"Analysing that, we primarily suspected Raquib killed them. He was facing some financial problems; and also took hefty loans," said DC Mashiur.
Since then, DB started hunting for Raquib and was finally able arrest him from Brahmanbaria when he went to the district to communicate with his sister, said the police officer.
"In primary interrogation, Raquib confessed to the killings and said he used to move to different places in disguise and act as a person with mental disabilities so that no one would be able to identify him," said Mashiur.
Raquib said he used to work as a junior assistant manager in BTCL's Uttara office. Everything was going fine until be got addicted to online gambling. He eventually ended up taking loans of Tk 1.15 crore from different people at high interest.
Once people started pressuring him for money, he started to take out his frustration on his family. He even went missing for some days in December last year to get away 2from everything, said police.
DC Mashiur said Raquib told police that his family and relatives did not trust him when he told them about the pressure he was facing.
Due to the continuous pressure to repay the loan and mistrust of family members, Raquib decided to kill them and then die by suicide, said police.
As per the plan, on February 12, he killed his wife after hitting her with a hammer and strangled his children to death, Raquib told police.